Blue hotels: nestsite location in Little Penguins

Little Penguins (or Blue Penguins, Korora, Eudyptula minor or even, in Australia, Fairy Penguins) are the most common penguin to be found in New Zealand. They have numerous colonies ranging from a few nest to several thousands and they are found all around our shorelines.Despite being the most numerous penguin…

Strewth! Australasian insect conference at Lincoln

The third combined Australian and New Zealand Entomological Societies conference will be held at Lincoln University from 28th August to 1st September. The theme of the conference is “The Status of Australasian Entomology: Where the bloody hell are we?”. Currently, about 200 lovers of all things insecty (and honorary insects…

A fine pine: Kakapo not picky about their diet

This article was prepared by postgraduate student Ana Baral as part of the ECOL 608 Research Methods in Ecology course. This marks the last of this year’s cohort. Thanks to the class! Kakapo are found only in New Zealand where these magnificent green parrots struggle for their survival. Only a…

Fly my pretties

This article was prepared by postgraduate student Nick MacDonald as part of the ECOL 608 Research Methods in Ecology course.For those of you who have ever ventured beyond the boundaries of buildings and urban assemblages you would at some stage be greeted by one of Mother Nature’s miracles of aviation….

Butterflies and wine: friends or foes?

This article was prepared by postgraduate student Hannah Lewis as part of the ECOL 608 Research Methods in Ecology course.Most of us enjoy the sight of a butterfly flitting around our backyard, however many of us will not be aware of the importance of native butterflies in agricultural ecosystems and…